The Wolf - Andrew W.K.
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  • Summary: America's favorite party animal attempts to move past the frat party/beer commercial sound of his hit debut album with this slightly more mature follow-up. Slightly.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. ‘The Wolf’ demonstrates it is still essential for a rebel rock n roll record to compel you to punch the air as if Motley Crue were making a comeback, Vince Neill and all.
  2. Just because W.K. has found his soft center lyrically, it doesn't mean the music has lost any of its hard core. [12 Sep 2003, p.150]
  3. Fans of I Get Wet may find fewer instant pleasures than expected here, but those are replaced by something grander, nobler, truer in intent, and just as satisfying.
  4. Ultimately your reaction to the first album will define your reaction here. I can foresee a long cult career for Andrew W.K., devoted acolytes swearing he is the best thing ever, and everybody else ignoring him because they don’t know how to do anything else.
  5. 75
    The Wolf works best as a concept album about never surrendering the night when you got your first real six-string at the five-and-dime and were tryin' to break free. [Oct 2003, p.108]
  6. The trouble is, the grandiose sounds he carves often sounds more polystyrene than pompous, no matter how many coats he applies.
  7. The Wolf is a primer on self-actualization, but AWK's sharpened focus comes at the expense of creating memorable tunes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    If you have heard any of awk's material you know full well what you are getting into here. enormous, typically uplifting, hook filled sound bonanzas. i used this album as a b-12 shot while i was at my lowest with a lifelong muscular disease and it will forever hold a special place in my heart. not a dud on the album if you ignore 'make sex' which is easy to do. get this album and feel good now Expand
  2. MAXk.
    Oct 27, 2003
    This CD is the best! no matter what kind of music you like, youll most def. like andrew w. k. he makes you feel good about yourself and your life. so PARTY HARD Expand
  3. DougB
    Sep 10, 2003
    Slightly better than the 1st. Great album
  4. Dizzy
    Oct 2, 2005
    Every songs he made Rullez xD
  5. ChrisP
    Sep 26, 2003
    I gave the first album an 8 due to some incredible and unique tracks, despite the weaker tracks. This album does take a few more listens to get into, but the goodness is spread more evenly this time and its (Top Gun Theme)/(Rock Opera) moments are stunning. Expand
  6. IanG
    Jan 8, 2004
    Oh dear. I really didn't want to have to do this. I guess asking for a follow-up that lived up to the brilliance of 'I Get Wet' was too much to ask. Slowing the tempo and trying but failing to seriousize the lyrics just didn't work out IMO. 'Your Rules' is the stand-out, and 'Free Jumps' is a bit alright as well, but as for the rest I didn't bother ripping it. In particular 'Make Sex' is appalling and 'Never Stop The Party' more cringeworthy than anything on 'I Get Wet'. 'Totally Stupid' is a mess as well. Expand
  7. DomS.
    Sep 16, 2003
    Once again, he sucks, blows, and performs some strange fellatio-influenced mix of sucking and blowing on yet another mindless piece of crap album. Don't get suckered in once again. PLEASE DON'T! Expand

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